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jeopardy. plus, the high stakes game of let's make a deal unfolding on capital hill. speaking of deals, black friday is already in high gear. will retailers get the boost they need during this holiday shopping season. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. we have breaking news to share with you. less than 48 hours after a cease fire was announced, fighting has broken out. he's facing violent protests in his own country for granting himself sweeping powers that exempt him from legal challenges. joining me by phone from cairo, nbc's correspondent jim masseda. let's talk about what sparked these protests. is it all over morsi granting himself these further powers? >> reporter: yes, alex, it is about that. he came out, by the way, a good hour ago to talk, to speechify
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about the presidential powers. that's about four or five miles away from what you're describing, which is at tahrir square, the famous tahrir square. morsi spoke to his supporters saying that he had to do this to break really what is a log jam in writing up a new constitution. he was saying much of the judiciary are very honorable people but there are five or six or seven bad eggs, if you will. these are remnants of the mubarak regime and they're constantly interfering with the process. meanwhile, the country is continuing to be mired in poverty, a lack of social justice and what have you. so he says to protect the revolution, to protect the principles of the revolution and to protect this country's forward movement towards democracy he needed to do this to keep the constitution and the writing of the constitution
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moving forward. >> now, jim, if he does this, it's been reported he says he will do this just as long as he needs to do it, that it is a temporary situation. what are the guarantees, if any, that are in place that after getting used to that level of power he would then seed that's what he's trying to get today? >> reporter: and that's it. that is the whole question and the whole issue in a nutshell. egyptians who are so used to power grabbing in this country are just -- they're just not buying it. we're talking about the liberal secular groups who, by the way, even are boycotting the writing of the constitution. they're not taking part because they were complaining that the islamists were controlling because they are the majority party they were controlling the writing of the coops city tuesday and there was no rendering anyone who wasn't islamist. morsi is saying and he repeated
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it that once the constitution is written and passed by a referendum, everything else will fall into place. there will be a judiciary, and a parliament because it will be the rule of law. again, that's based on sheer faith at this point. people just aren't trustful of people in power who are given power to expect them to relinquish it after x number of weeks or months. it just has never been seen before. >> right. all right, jim maceda updating us on all that's happening in tahrir square, and elsewhere in cities like alexandra. jim, thank you so much. from there we head to gaza where we find ayman mull had a dean. does it threaten to stabilize the delicate questionable cease fire that he's supposed to help oversee? >> reporter: well, in the short term, not necessarily.
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you will see and hear from people that would make the argument that egypt's stability in having tranquil domestic stability inside egypt is paramount for egypt to play the role that it can play in the region. when we saw in the past week egypt rise to the forefront of mediating between israel and the palestinian factions, it was because egypt at that particular point was not -- president morrissey's hand to put leverage on them. it's a political organization from which mohammed morsi comes from. stability will have long term and regional implications for all of the issues. but in terms of immediate truce, right now it is about what's happening on the ground be in gaza and right now that is not necessarily directly linked. >> all right, everyone. we were listening there to nbc's
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ayman and we're taking satellite hits. this conflict is raising a question concerning security in the middle east. the role iran played with arming hamas and its own stand offwith israel. joining me is dennis ross of the washington institute for institutional policy. dennis, welcome. let's talk about the role that iran played in this conflict over the last eight, nine days. iron that out for me. >> i think we have to put it into larger perspective. i don't think they've played a role over the last few days. all the arms that, in fact, islamist jihad and others why gaza were using, almost all of them were coming from the iranians. they have built up a long range rocket capacity. that's what the israelis went after. they have done everything they could to make gaza an armed
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island that can be a platform for an attack against israel. they have constantly encouraged attacks against israel. iran has played a major role in terms of being the provider of the arsenal that existed there. my guess is they will now try to replenish it because the israelis have stepped back that arsenal in a fairly significant way. >> what about the suggestion that israel was doing all of this and while doing this over the last eight, nine days they were testing out the resources that hamas has and those being supported and supplied by iran? i mean, in that sense did iran play its role? >> well, again, i think we have to put it in some perspective. israel acted because they were not prepared to allow hamas to create what i call a new normal, meaning that you can't have a cease fire and hamas decides or islamist jihad decides they will disrupt whenever they want to. you can't fire rockets on an
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increasingly shorter interval so that they have their life constantly disrupted. the israelis saw this taking place and hamas was having more involvement in the attacks. the israelis decided they could not allow hamas to basically develop what amounted to a new normal. that's what drove the israelis to act, not a preoccupation that somehow this was going to allow them to test what they could do or disarm hamas in advance of a move against iran. does it have some ancillary benefit in that regard? it may well have had. the key driver was much more facing what was an increasingly intolerable situation where a good part of the population could not live normal lives. >> the ancillary benefit, might that apply to the iron dome? it thwarted the majority of the rockets and how does that relate to any future potential iranian conflict? >> well, the one thing to bear in mind is that you've got an
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extraordinary demonstration of the iron dome's effectiveness. from that standpoint everyone else in the region saw that as well. bear in mind the iron dome is effective against short range rockets and not against the rockets that the iranians might be sending from iran or even a lot of the rockets that hezbollah mighten sending from the north that is longer range. if you are going to have a missile defense, it has to deal with short range rockets, medium range rockets and longer range ones. iron dome is effective against the longer range. and in conjunction with working with us, they will be more effective against the medium range and longer range. still, the radar systems that integrate these operations are effective for all and the israelis got a very good demonstration of that, as did we. we helped in the development of this. also it helps us as we look at some of the rocket threats that our forces can face around the globe and particularly in the region. >> dennis, i know you've been
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following that which is going on in tahrir square and elsewhere in egypt. you have president morsi facing trouble in his own backyard. does that undermine his ability to be an effective mediator in any general area of middle east negotiations? >> well, it certainly undercuts a little bit of the luster that one saw emerge for president morsi this week. suddenly he thrusts egypt on to a role that historically it has played but did not play the last few years of the mubarak regime. he was put in a position where he was re-establishing the stature that he has often known and obviously sees itself as deserving within the region. now the fact that he's facing what are real questions having real challenges within egypt are a reminder that no one that is going to govern in egypt today can do so without regard to the egyptian public. you have a public that didn't have a voice for four years. it's demonstrated that it could
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remove an egyptian leader and the idea that somehow it will lose its voice if its needs and aspiration are not addressed, we've seen a reminder that that's not going to be the case. president morsi still will be able to do things i think within the region. first and fear most he has to demonstrate that he can address the problems at home. >> dennis ross, many thanks for weighing in. appreciate that. >> pleasure. we're going to take a short break, everyone. iams never adds gluten. iams adds 50% more animal protein, [ dog 2 ] look at me! i'm a lean, mean flying machine [ dog 1 ] i am too! woo hoo! [ male announcer ] iams. with 50% more animal protein. [ dog 2 ] i'm an iams dog for life. not a rabbit. woof!
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the best deals. nbc's jay gray is right out there amongst all of them. he's joining us from the mall of america in minnesota. it looks a little more crowded than it was the last time we checked in there. >> reporter: hey there, alex. it is and it continues to get more crowded. it's amazing how many people can come through this massive mall. more than 4 million square feet of shopping. more than 520 shops and stores. so if you want it and can't get it here, you probably just can't get it at all. it looks like they're not only shopping but they're buying. you can see everybody here carrying a bag and it's got something in it. that's good news not only for those getting bargains, this is such an important part of their holiday season. it kicks off what is their biggest month. right now we're hearing that things are great here at the mall of america. they were already up by 6% in retail sales and they only believe that's going to grow as they continue. this was one of the areas that started early, alex. this is one of the areas that actually opened last night. it looks like spreading that out
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a bit may have helped because so far this year not only here but across the country no real reports of any incidents or injuries. all we're hearing about is thousands of cases of shoppers' fatigue. it hasn't stopped them though. they're still out here. >> oh, yeah. i think it's not going to stop them for a while. we have a few weeks to go. jay gray, happy shopping. you're probably sprung for this hour. i know what you're going to do. thanks, jay. you should. take advantage of it. let's go to cnbc's courtney reagan. she's in dayton, ohio. how's black friday going in dait ton? >> this mall opened at midnight. from what i heard, i wasn't here at midnight, there was a lot of traffic and a lot of shoppers. we saw a bit of a lull, about 10:00, an hour ago, things really started to pick up again. seeing lots of shopping bags. we know folks are buying and not browsing. looks like macy's is one of the clear winners today just from
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watching the bag checks here. from what i'm hearing from analysts and checking in at the malls, interesting. it's worth an awful lot of money. ibm says thanksgiving day online sales when it comes to retail up 18% compared to last year. that's very impressive. so if you hear any talk about traffic being potentially lower in the stores, it may be because consumers are on their couch. they're still buying, just in a different way. you know black friday is very much an event. the retailers here are pulling out all the stops offering add ones, buy one get one free, something you can't get online. just to try to keep the shoppers coming. they're using social media, twitter, facebook to roll outdoor buster deals. shoppers were here and they had a reason to come back. a lot of these stores opened at midnight and they're going straight through tonight. hopefully they have shoppers that will keep the workers busy because i can't imagine how tired they're going to be at the
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end of this day. >> i know, right? hey, courtney, can i ask you? talking about all the people leaving with bags in hand. are you seeing clothing stores represented, toys, electronics? is there anything that you can say this seems to be the hot ticket? >>. >> reporter: you know, it seems like every black friday consumer electronics is the hot gift. we know that the leap pad ii has been a hot toy. apparently it's been hard to get after about 7:00 a.m. if it's on your list, i hope you already have it in your hands because it looks like they're running out. remember black friday, too, is another big day for self-gifting. a lot of women come out here with their friends and family. they buy what they need for the door busters, then they buy a shirt here, shoes there. seems like macy's, as i mentioned, was doing pretty well. >> there's lingerie behind you. i got that in my ear from my producer, a male i might say, who noticed that in the shot. that looks pretty nice. i'm just saying.
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courtney reagan, thanks. good see you from dayton. coming up next, making sense of the three cs, cliffs diving and compromise. plus who will succeed hillary clinton? christine osbourne wants you to shop small. the owner of wonder works, a charleston, south carolina, toy store believes in cooperation instead of competition. she has a section dedicated to locally made products to make sure that her customers' dollars stay local. for more watch your business sunday mornings at 7:30 on msnbc. ♪ if it wasn't for you
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about this problem. certainly president obama has been meeting with congressional leaders. he had them here at the white house last week. they came out and struck this tone of bipartisanship, but they're also cautious in that optimism. you remember the knockdown dragout debt ceiling fight of the summer of 2011. i don't think they think it's going to get that ugly. at the same time this is not going to be easy going as we head to the first of the year. now republicans are still sort of digging in their heels on the issues of taxes. democrats seem to be hardening their stance. taxes, that challenge is going to be to find a way to increase taxes on the wealthy. to increase taxes on higher earners without increasing the rate. that would be a win win for both sides. the question is, how do you do that? one option, to potentially roll back tax breaks that wealthier americans and corporations are
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given. they're batting a couple of ideas around. one thing that is giving folks hope, the fact that house speaker john boehner and eric cantor seem to be working more in lock step now than they were during the summer of 2011. if that holds, it really could help the house of representatives to get on 3w0rd of some type of idea. >> we've heard from chairman bernanke and others. how much of a factor will the fed and the ceos of all these major companies be as we get closer to this major deadline? >> one of the questions is how do people react where all these tax increase, all these spending cuts take effect. if there's no deal in the middle of december, say, do we start to see some real impacts? do companies start slowing their capital spending plans, do they start holding up on hiring. there's a risk that there could be economic damage even if there is a deal by january 1. maybe we haven't reached full
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agreement yet but we're close. we're almost there. i think having a sense that there's momentum and things are going the right direction is important for business confidence and getting through this without any economic downturn. >> neil, chairman bernanke has said any deal will be a real boost to the economy for the next year. do you agree with that? >> yeah, i think he's right. we've seen already a real slowdown in capital spending because of this risk hanging over things. so if that risk goes away, suddenly businesses are going to feel a lot better. it's suddenly, okay, one of those big storm clouds has passed. consumers will feel better. that would be a benefit. we're already seeing some strength in other areas of the country. housing has been looking better. 2013 could be a pretty good year if we get through this without a confidence shattering incident. >> chris, the president spoke about how people agree with him. do you get a sense that the white house will take the fight
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over tax rates for the wealthy all the way down to the wire? >> reporter: i get the sense that they will in large part because democrats are saying that the president absolutely has to do this. this is a key part of his platform during this campaign. you tlaremember that he said bee they have to let it expire. he caved on that. they want to see him hold the line. as you point out, poles show that the majority of americans agree with him on this point. we've already seen him inviting stakeholders to the white house, business leaders, union leaders, members of the progressive movement trying to sort of get them on board with his plan to increase taxes on the wealthy. his strategy is to pressure republicans in the house to come to some sort of compromise, but i think that democrats are really encouraging him to hold the line on that issue. >> but you know what, neil, how
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much is it more a war of words? not so much a war but going in and interpreting the words? because there's different ways to do this. you can raise taxes or you can close loopholes. but if it all gets to the same point, really is the war over how you get there or just getting there? >> yeah, i think you're exactly right, that the importance of words is hard to overstate in the sense that how do the two sides frame whatever the deal ultimately is? is it something that republicans can go to their constituents and say we avoided a tax hike. even if there is more revenues, we're cutting deductions. can democrats say to president obama and democratic legislators say to their constituents, we said we're going to get to higher taxes with operating brackets. do both sides walk away feeling like they won and ended up better off than they would have otherwise? >> last question to you, kristen. if the gop caves, if you will, on the potential of raising
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taxes on the wealthy, what kind of attention is there on getting into entitle 78ments and compromising on that? >> reporter: i think the president knows he will have to do that, the question is what will that look like. during the debt ceiling debate last summer one of the ideas that was put on the table was increasing the eligibility rate for medicare, for example. that is sernlly one of the ideas that will be discussed in these negotiations, i'm sure. social security, that is something that harry reed has said he's really not willing to touch. democrats have really seemed to be holding the loin ine on sayi look, we're not going to compromise until they see what republicans put on the table. they're taking a tough stance. however, i think president obama knows that ultimately they have to give a little bit when it comes to entitlement reform.
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week. it will take three months or so to install. president obama and leaders on capital hill says the message from the american people is find more common ground and get things done. any goodwill could erode over the fight for future cabinet nominees starting with ambassador susan rice. we'll bring in our panelists. listen, you guys, i'm glad to have you both here. here's a question. i said ep stein and i meant ep stein. >> joe, you know, a lot of talk about second term presidents recently given the fact that we have an opportunity to talk about it. is there the chance that that could be the trouble for the president or could a fiscal cliff deal on top of re-election get him any political capital to flex some political muscle? >> well, i hope it was the
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latter. i was at the white house when the republicans took down clinton's nominee. i watched as they took down senator tower who was to become the republican secretary of defense. both parties do this unfortunately after an election. the losing party almost seeming to want some sort of sacrificial lam out there. i hope this, that what this nation most wants is to have trust once again in washington, d.c. it's a part of the program down in washington that doesn't seem to be there. while i have great respect for senator mccain who threatened to filly buster this. i couldn't have done what he did as a prisoner of war. as a fellow naval officer. i would ask him accountability for the overall public good not the party. i hope that unless he can show with firmness that there is a fact, there is some sort of issue out there that really isn't a political assertion, a partisan issue, that he is an american before he is a
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partisan. let's move on. americans want to have washington work once again. >> so, boris, if republican lawmakers go about blocking one or more of the president's cabinet positions that he's able to make, do they open the door to national scrutiny as being divisive and blocking the ability to get things done on a sense of compromise? >> they do if they do not have a concrete reason for blocking a particular nomination. in the case of ambassador susan wright, there is a glowing battle of benghazi unsettled and what her role in it was. >> i spoke to david winston earlier and he said that really what it is, they're just trying to look into what happened. it's not so much susan rice per se. it's like was she given information and then did she not report that. i mean, did she even know in the greater context what was happening. is that really the only question that needs to be answered here? >> did she know and did she
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willfully go out there making those comments knowing that they were not the facts. >> she says no. >> there's that issue out there. to we want our secretary of state being someone with a cloud over here. there's a need for bipartisanship. that needs to come from both sides. should republicans be obstructionists? absolutely not. we need to be a party that goes out and attracts the big spectrum. bipartisanship has to come from the president as well and that's putting forward people who are deserving and who are not those who are overly partisan or who are a lynchpin for negativity from the right or the left. it has to come from both sides. >> joe, let's look ahead to next year right now because you've been a member of congress following a presidential election. does the tone change within the capital on both sides in the short term? is there a real chance for strong bipartisanship at least for a while? >> i think there is this time because first you have a president that doesn't have another election hanging over him and restraining him. you have a leader, mr. boehner, of a republican party that's
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been somewhat chastised in appearing to not make things work in washington. they came very close together in the past doing a grand compromise. the over arching message i hear is never has the government of the people been held in such low regard by the people. what they want is a pragmatic leadership. it's not about abandoning your ideology, it's just that at the end of the day americans just want it to work down there in a very pragmatic way where there's accountability based upon facts. my take is that this fiscal cliff unfortunately a crisis that will make washington work in a bipartisanship way is the kind of thing that we have to move on into immigration, education, health care in cementing it. i hope that we can because we must. >> i will tell you that boris in studio was nodding to you. boris, i do want to play the reactions to mitt romney's comments to his donors. let's listen to that. >> absolutely reject that
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notion, that description. i think that's absolutely wrong. that is not -- i don't think that that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party. >> we're in a big hole. we're not getting out of it by comments like that. when you're in a hole, stop digging. he keeps digging. >> your response to this. do you think this is analysis on an issue or is this a change in tone or tenor going forward? >> it's a necessary change in tone. there's no reason to look back to 2012 and belaying anyone for the loss. what they're going to do is take lessons from it. don't forget, still got a huge amount of the vote out there, over 50 million voters came out in support of the republican agenda. what do we do as republicans? if we concentrate on small government and leave the social issues behind and go out there with a message of we will make this country better and not being overly partisan, we can
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attract more voters. they seemed to give their president's a second term, reagan, clinton. it doesn't mean anything to other parties. it doesn't swing back. it will swing back to the republicans but it will only do so if we're able to convince the country that we're a big part of it. >> very quickly, joe. >> if i might just very quickly. i have lost in an election. i may totally disagree with mr. romney and what he said, but i also respect the man. he was in a public arena where many people didn't respect him. it's tough out there. he may be tone deaf but i'm wondering where were these two comments before the election was done? sometimes unfortunately like john f. kennedy said, the party asks too much. i hope they're making the comments to the good of america not just because they're kicking
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someone out the door after he's gone. >> boris wants to comment. >> he is someone who ropgs a sector of the economy. some of the postmortem isn't necessary. we need to rally around the candidate we have going forward not the one who unfortunately lost the election. i was proud to support mitt romney. >> boris, say it to me, it's epsteyn. >> i'm not making that mistake again. see ya. stay with us, we have much more ahead on msnbc. ♪ [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you don't back down from a challenge. this is the age of knowing how to make things happen. so, why let erectile dysfunction get in your way?
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viagra. some people put everything intotheir name on the door, and their heart into their community. small business saturday is a day to show our support. a day to shop at stores owned by our friends and neighbors. and do our part for the businesses that do so much for us. on november 24th, let's get out and shop small. from flash mobs to walkoffs, walmart workers are fighting for their rights. workers at the world's largest
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retail chain are protesting expanded retail hours. this is part of a broader protest. they want a minimum wage of $13 an hour. that is 47 cents more than the average worker makes right now. let's go to promises from lawmakers on capital hill to tackle the fiscal cliff. there is not a lot of time left since that deal must be made before the new year. joining me, congressional correspondent for the national journal. chris, welcome. >> great to be here. >> i'm glad you're here. do you see any sense that we've gotten closer here to the common ground on entitlement cuts and the growing revenue. how far apart are the two sides? >> they're very far apart. they went home for thanksgiving. the president went to asia and top aids on the hill sat down and started negotiating, started giving their opening bids. what we saw was a republican party, a democratic party that are exactly where they were last week when i talked to democrats
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last week, i talked to some of the top democrats in the senate side, chuck schumer and dick durbin. i asked them, are you guys putting entitlements on the table going into your white house meeting with the president and the congressional leaders, they said, no, we're not. that's not what we want to talk about. we want to talk about tax cuts. conversely when you look at house speaker john boehner, he talks about putting more revenue on the table but not increasing the tax rates, which is what democrats wan't to do. when they come back on monday and tuesday of next week they are still very far apart with the clock ticking. >> yeah. but how much do you hear the concept of compromise and from the major players? you hear those things, the word compromise being echoed around capital hill to some degree. for those who have to make the compromise, is it there? >> i think so. i think when you look at the tone and the public positioning that these guys have taken coming out of the white house meeting last week, for instance, you had all of the congressional
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leaders, both on the house and senate and republican and democrat sides talking about this was a constructive meeting. we think we have a framework to move forward and we think we can do this. when i talk to folks privately on the hill in senior leadership aids they'll tell you that we do take this very, very seriously. there's a different tone than we had a few summers ago during the debt ceiling debate. there is less of a willingness, i think, from leaders on both side to walk the nation close to the edge of this cliff. they want to make sure they can do it. they've talked about doing it before christmas. what we're seeing already, alex, is with the details come the devil and they're working very hard to get through them. >> but you know, we're looking at this deadline, chris. this is a huge thing to try to put it together. why is it that they wait till the very end, honestly? if they really want to get something done and avoid the potential of kicking the can
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down the road again, why not, you know, get this done in a real bipartisan fashion when you don't have the sword hanging over your head, the clok ticking? >> i always think of congress as kind of like a college freshman who waits until the end of the semester to do all the work and all the papers that were assigned during the smeser. congress works like that. they are a deadline driven, reactive institution. frankly, nobody wanted to give up any leverage ahead of the elections, they could have done this in the summertime or the fall before election season got underway. the elections change the power dynamic. nobody wanted to give any ground ahead of that in case their team came out with a better hand. >> you sound more like a senior writing a thesis. appreciate your time. >> thank you, alex. still to come, what's hot at the box office this holiday season. oh, yeah, vampires and more.
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♪ >> no! >> what are you thinking? are you out of your mind? who gave you permission to come back here? >> i just wanted to say hello to him. >> you think the tiger is your friend? he's an animal. not a playmate. >> that was a clip from the film "life of pi" one of the new movies in theaters this holiday weekend expected to be the biggest ever for a thanksgiving possibly bringing in $275 million. joining me now for more in studio, the senior writer at "the daily beast." glad to have you here. >> thank you for having me. >> this "life of pi" looks beautiful. the commercials you see, the trailers, it looks spectacular. did the story, though, live up to the imagery? >> i think so. this is based on potpp particular 2001 book, an lee
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directs it. this is the kind of movie you want to see in 3d because the visuals are breath dg dgtaking. there's a ship wreck and he ends up in small boat with a tiger. the story is -- people thought it was unfilmble. see it in 3d with your family and you will like it. >> i read the book and remember thinking how will they make a movie out of it. >> they make it work. they do. >> definitely on the list of must sees. another film you think is guaranteed success here and that is silver lining's playbook. you say even best picture. here it is. >> i'm tired. i want to go. >> no, no, no. we haven't even finished the salad or the duck. i made the fire and ice cake. >> i said i'm are you going to walk me home or what? >> you mean me? >> yeah you. are you going to walk me home. >> what do you think? >> looking at a best picture
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nominee in february when the oscars come around. it's a dark comedy staring bradley cooper as this guy who has bipolar disease, jennifer lawrence the quirky neighbor and with the weird, dark story these two actors come together and make this feel-good movie. the couple end up dancing at the end. you liked it? did you see it? >> i did. i found it absolutely charming. >> very charming. >> it is. >> what about "hitchcock," the old story about alfred hitchcock during the filming of "psycho." we have a clip about the infamous shower scene. here it is. >> how are you going to shoot this shower scene? >> yes. it's only that -- well from here up, i'm not exactly boyish. >> allow me to set your mind at rest, my dear. i will be shooting short bits of film from various angles, cut together the montage will only
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suggest violence. nothing will actually be shown. but, of course, having you in the shower, will make it all that more, well, titillating. >> anthony hopkins, he's great. >> hardly recognize him. he's great in this movie. this is a little more mix, scarlet johansson playing helen lee. i don't know if the movie is a great movie but the performance from anthony hopkins is the reason to sees this one. >> the last installment of the twilight series. here it is, folks. >> the packs will fight. >> never been afraid of vampires. >> we will fight. >> this won't be the first time i've fought a king's rule. >> we'll join you. >> we will stand with you. >> so will we. >> that scene wasn't great but the twi-hards will hate.
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you say it's the worst one. >> projected to make another $63 million this weekend. i thought all the sizzle out of their relationship was gone as soon as they had a half vampire baby. >> she's a gorgeous vampire. >> kristen stewart becomes a vam pire and is pretty. i don't think that's that much interesting. >> thank you very much. we appreciate you having you, nonetheless. thank you for watching. remember all those still recovering from hurricane sandy. so we leave you with a special message of thanks from our friends at "the daily beast" taped in rockaway queens. ♪ >> i'm thankful for everything. for my family, my children. >> i'm thankful that the heat came on in the house we're at and the power came on. >> that no one in our family
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